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Deicer Scaling Resistance of Concrete Mixtures Containing Slag Cement

Researcher(s)

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Project status

Completed

Start date: 04/15/10
End date: 03/31/14

Publications

Report: Deicer Scaling Resistance of Concrete Mixtures Containing Slag Cement (514.95 kb pdf) January 2014

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s): Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

About the research

Abstract:

Concern has been expressed about the deicer scaling resistance of concrete containing slag, especially when the dosage of slag exceeds 50% of the total cementitious material in the mixture. Much of the concern appears to be based on the results of laboratory scaling tests based on ASTM C 672, despite indications that such mixtures often perform well in the field.

The initial phase of this study showed that construction-related issues played a bigger role in the observed scaling performance than did the amount of slag in the concrete mixture. The work also indicated that the test method (ASTM C 672) may be more severe than most environments. A second phase developed an alternative laboratory test method to ASTM C 672 that would better represent the field performance of concretes, based on a method from the Canadian Quebec Ministry of Transportation.

The work described in this report was to repeat some tests using similar materials in a second laboratory to evaluate repeatability of the test methods.